The challenge: eat a burrito in 45 minutes or less. But not just any burrito. A burrito that weighs four pounds. A burrito so awe-inspiring it even has a fearsome name: El Toro. One Saturday per month, Pica Taco holds a contest for any brave and hungry customer ready to take on the El Toro burrito challenge. Packed with the challenger’s choice of chicken, beef, or pork, the burrito is so huge, it must be wrapped in multiple full-size tortillas. Anyone who conquers the four-pounder gets their picture on the Wall of Champions, a $15 gift certificate, a champion t-shirt, and souvenir tostada molded in their likeness. And, of course, their burrito is on the house. But the El Torro isn’t the only thing that makes Pica Taco special. It’s also the friendly service and authentic Mexican cuisine created by owner Maria Villalta with recipes and techniques passed down to her from her mother. She also has a knack for remembering the faces and orders of repeat customers, and begins to prepare their favorite orders the moment they walk in. While regulars tend to stick with favorites like chorizo tortas or chicken enchiladas, Maria still tempts them with a changing daily special, which could be mole enchiladas or chicken flautas, depending on the day.
Have a relaxed night out at La Plaza Restaurant, a local restaurant with homemade Mexican fare. Come prepared to feast at La Plaza Restaurant — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and La Plaza Restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Got kids? No problem at La Plaza Restaurant! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — La Plaza Restaurant is great for large groups. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on La Plaza Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
The dress code is strictly casual at La Plaza Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Call La Plaza Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at La Plaza Restaurant's Pennsylvania Ave SE address. For those who wish to avoid traffic, La Plaza Restaurant is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Orange) and Capitol South Metro (Blue, Orange).
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
For flavorful, breaded chicken, head on over to Chicken Tortillas. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Chicken Tortillas' menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Bring your whole brood to Chicken Tortillas, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Chicken Tortillas. Chicken Tortillas can easily accommodate large groups or parties.
Dress is typically casual at Chicken Tortillas, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Orange). Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Chicken Tortillas' 8th St SE address.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Chicken Tortillas. Chicken Tortillas has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Dive into a Mexican fiesta at Austin Grill, a casual Mexican restaurant. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Austin Grill is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Austin Grill — this spot caters to large groups.
Folks tend to dress down at Austin Grill, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. Throwing a big party? Count on Austin Grill to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot. If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at Archives Metro (Green, Yellow), Gallery Place Chinatown Metro (Green, Red, Yellow), and Metro Center Metro (Blue, Orange, Red).
Austin Grill's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Austin Grill dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
When Jose and Betty Reyes emigrated from El Salvador to Washington D.C. in the 1980s, they were excited to set down their roots and start a new life. One thing was missing from their new neighborhood, though: the rich flavors of traditional Central American cuisine. Rather than trying to grow a ceviche tree, the couple set out to rectify the problem by opening El Tamarindo. Thirty years later, their eatery still serves time-tested recipes with house-made sauces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as fresh margaritas and other cocktails. Guests savor bold flavors in traditional Salvadoran pupusas?handmade corn tortillas stuffed with a choice of toppings?or plates of bone-in chicken topped with mole sauce.
Starting with its bright green exterior, Don Lobo's Mexican Grill broadcasts festive vibes out onto M Street. Inside, red-checkered tablecloths, papel picado banners, and red, white, and green tiling on the walls reinforce the restaurant's jubilant atmosphere as visitors gather around spicy burritos and combination platters during lunch and dinner. Among the grill's most popular dishes is the camarones al ajillo, large shrimp sautéed in garlic butter, white wine, and lime juice. After meals, diners satisfy their sweet tooth by eating fried puff pastries coated in honey butter sauce instead of emptying sugar packets directly into their mouths.